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[News] FreedomWorks Exposed as AstroTurfing Scam

  • Subject: [News] FreedomWorks Exposed as AstroTurfing Scam
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 09:11:31 +0100
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The Cashroots Conspiracy Behind FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity

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| FreedomWorks receives funding from the tobacco conglomerate 
| Philip Morris, as well as from Richard Scaife, another 
| business tycoon, who for years helped fund dirt-digging 
| investigations into Bill Clinton. Local branches of 
| Americans for Prosperity have also received tobacco money; 
| the group has opposed smoke-free workplace laws and 
| cigarette taxes. ... ExxonMobil was a sponsor of Citizens 
| for Sound Economy, and both FreedomWorks and Americans for 
| Prosperity have campaigned vigorously against Obama's plans 
| to reduce CO2 emissions through a cap and trade scheme, 
| working closely with the American Petroleum Institute.


Republicans steal Barack Obama's internet campaigning tricks

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| Matt Kibbe, who heads FreedomWorks, a national conservative 
| group that led the push behind last Saturday's rally, goes 
| further. He says that the movement has stolen from Obama the 
| techniques he used to such effect last year and is now 
| redeploying them as a stick with which to beat the 
| president.
| When Obama beat Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries, 
| FreedomWorks studied how he did it and then copied him. They 
| set up a ning site, a Facebook-like platform that allows 
| members to talk to each other without having to go through 
| the parent body. The result was explosive.
| FreedomWorks now has more than 800,000 members who largely 
| organise and fund themselves; all the group itself does is 
| arrange permits for demonstrations and advise on logistics.


Direct Action Confronts the Climate Crisis

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| The global political process to counter runaway climate 
| change has become, for practical purposes, irrelevant. None 
| of the currently proposed emissions reductions being 
| seriously considered in policy making are appropriate to 
| meet the severity of the situation. This overwhelming 
| failure on the part of world governments is pushing the 
| rapid unification of environmentalists, activists, 
| scientists, and others to push for direct, immediate change. 
| [...]
| Many other websites, such as Coal Swarm, post constant 
| updates on direct actions and resources for radical change. 
| Twitter and similar online social networks are being 
| utilized to outpace the communications and organization 
| capabilities of the state and police. Independent media 
| coverage of these events will be almost instantly shared 
| throughout the internet, inciting resistance and solidarity 
| across the world. 

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